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I have heard a rumor, but never seen with my eyes, how the man who once approached the bed of Zeus was bound upon a [680] swift wheel by the almighty son of Cronus. But of no other mortal do I know, either by hearsay or by sight, that has encountered a doom so repugnant as this of Philoctetes. For though he had wronged no one by force or thievery, [685] but conducted himself fairly towards the fair, he was left to perish so undeservedly. I truly marvel how—how in the world—as he listened in solitude to the breakers rushing around him, [690] he kept his hold upon a life so full of grief.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 1031
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 484
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 851
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 724
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